Pointe Coupee Parish Profile 2016-2017

Mark Carriere  |  2/10/2017 9:49:58 PM

Pointe Coupee Extension Office


180 East Main St., 1st Floor, New Roads, LA 70760
Phone: 225-638-5533
Fax: 225-638-5550
Email: pointecoupee@agcenter.lsu.edu

Web site: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/our_offices/parishes/pointe%20coupee

Office Hours:
8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monica LaBorde - Parish Chair

Tara Manuel - Administrative Coordinator


4-H and Youth Development:
Monica LaBorde
Mark Carriere
Co-curricular with school system(Healthy Lifestyles).
Livestock Programs, ShootingSports, Hunter's Education
Clover Buds: 3rd grade youth

Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR):
Mark Carriere

Agronomic Crops: Corn,Soybeans, Grain Sorghum,Cotton, Wheat, Rice, Sugarcane

Fisheries: Crawfish Livestock/Cattle Environment/Watersheds

State Master Gardener Coordinator:
Sara Shields, PhD
Horticulture/Lawns and Gardens
Pest Management
School Gardens
Master Gardener

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

The incidence of youth obesity is rising at alarming rate, not only in Pointe Coupee Parish, but across the country. Nine hundred thirty-five 4-H youth learned to make healthy food choices especially when selecting snacks, the importance of fruits and vegetables in the diet and the role exercise plays in improving health in six monthly club meeting programs. As a result of participating in these programs, youth reported having a better understanding of nutritional labels, while 30% actually used the labels when selecting healthy snacks.

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Pointe Coupee is a major agricultural parish thatproduces soybeans, sugarcane, cotton, corn,wheat, grain sorghum and rice, all being grown on165,000 acres. Pointe Coupee farmers rely oninformation from the LSU AgCenter to stayproductive. Therefore, the parish hosts an annual Farm Forum with presentations from specialists andresearchers who provide the most current research based information available. Due to this specialized training, farmers have been ableto reduce inputs thus saving millions of dollars over the past ten years.

Horticulture & Gardening

Home horticulture in Pointe Coupee is mainly focused on home gardens (includingbackyard fruit trees, vegetable plots, and berry patches) and home landscapes. Thedemand for research-based home horticulture information continues to increase ashomeowners commonly require assistance with questions and issues regarding homegardens. These issues may include plant identification; pest, disease, and weedcontrol; plant selection and plant placement for home landscapes and fruit/vegetablegardens. In addition to home horticulture, public elementary school children areintroduced to gardening techniques and healthy foods through the implementation ofschool garden lessons and programs.

Report to Your Parish Stakeholders

Who we reach.

2,558 - Youth (includes 935 4-H members, 20 school 4-H clubs, 13 Cloverbud clubs, & 300 students working in school gardens)

15,666 - Adults 8,390 Ag & Natural Resources

How we reach them:

  • 4-H Clubs
  • Class Series
  • Master Gardeners
  • Demonstrations
  • School Gardens
  • Workshops
  • School Enrichment Camps
  • Field Days
  • Web sites
  • Social Media
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • News Articles

Expanding our efforts:
265 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family & Community

Parish Facts

LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to Terrebonne Parish clientele. The 2015 total dollar amount from these commodities were:

  • Plant enterprises - $103,757,487
  • Aquaculture and wildlife - $3,835,860
  • Animal enterprises - $20,059,087

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary

  • Population - 22,737
  • Land area (square miles) - 557.34
  • Persons under 18 years old - 22.6%
  • Persons 65 years old and over - 18.7%
  • Median household income - $43,825
  • Persons below poverty - 19.3%

Local Issues & Plans for this year.

Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture through wise useof natural resources and protection of the environment.

  • Conduct variety and verification trials in corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat
  • Make farm and home visits to provide educational information to solve problems.
  • Certify pesticide applicators and Worker Protection Standards (WPS) throughFarm Forum and Iberville Sugarcane Growers Meeting
  • Promote agriculture to the general public
  • Sugarcane Field Day
  • Prescribe Burn School for all agriculture producers
  • Work with NRCS to promote conservation programsand conservation tillage programs.

Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.

  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Programs throughout the parish.
  • Junior Leaders will participate in Service Learning Projects.
  • Offer camp opportunities to strengthen independence of 4-H youth.
  • Continue hands-on workshops for youth with science focus.
  • Maintain social media for 4-H members to promote belonging.
  • Focus on childhood obesity through nutrition programming.
  • Promote ATV and firearm safety through 4-H Outdoor SkillsProgramming.

Increase healthy living through horticulture and environmental stewardship.

  • Promote Best Management Practices (BMP) for gardens,lawns, landscapes, and fruit/vegetables trees.
  • School Garden Programs
  • Tri-Parish Master Gardener Program
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